Barcelona, one of the best European accessible cities.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the home of Gaudi architecture. Definetely is a very interesting city and one of the top European accessible destinations. Barcelona offers, among other things, 3 essential excellence factors that makes your trip into an unforgottable experience:

- Excellent weather . August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 24ºC, and the coldest is January at 10ºC, but we are one of the cities with a higher percentage of daily sunshine hours.

Excellent gastronomy. Mediterranean gastronomy is well-known for its variety. You should delight your palate with our specialities, such a "paella", "bread with tomato", Spanish omelette, or taste some of our fabolous wines.

- Excellent people. Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city, where you will find lots of people from around the world. Approximately we receive 7 millions visitors a year. That makes us an outgoing host city, and also you will generally find happy and warm people.

An estimated 20% of all visitors to Barcelona, have a disability, mental or physical, with a high proportion being users of wheelchairs.

Accessible by air from most international and European airports, and also accessible from most major Spanish cities by high speed train connection. Ideally situated, offers a great variety of leisure options: from relaxing in the beach (there are three accessible beaches), go shopping or having a picnic, to enjoy many of their museums and/or art galleries. It is also a centre from which to explore Costa Brava, one of the most beautiful coast of the Mediterranean sea. And also you can plan a journey to visit Montserrat Monastery. They are only a few examples of many other possibilities.

Most of the city's tourist establishments, from museums ans restaurants to hotels and apartments, have adapted their facilities to accommodate society functional diversity. The city's museums and cultural centres are designed to ensure that people with special needs are able to get the most out of their events and facilities.

Do not forget Gaudi's architecture, inspired by nature, with its religious reminiscences and Baroque shapes. The three highlights of Gaudi's works are: Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, and La Pedrera. You will find adapted tours for all of them, previous availability and booking.

Although Barcelona has a lot of historical buildings, many attractions have been refurbished so that they are relatively easy to access for people with disabilities. These attractions include amongst others, the "Casa Batlló", the MACBA, or football stadium "Camp Nou". Te guide dogs are also not a problem, but keep in mind that some facilities requires the wearing of a muzzle.

In 1992, Olimpic Games were celebrated in the city. Since that, all metro stations that are built or refurbished are fully accessible. There have been installed voice-guided ticket vending machines throughout the network, tactile paving strips for the blind in many stations, and door closing warning lights on an increasing number of trains. Find out which stations are wheelchair adapted by using the interactive metro map. Also, there is a 100% accessible bus fleet, with adapted bus stops for those with mobility problems, and a ramp at the rear entrance in each bus. To use a taxi it's best to place a reservation at taxi Amic. This taxi company owns a fleet of about 40 cabs for disabled people. If you arrive with your own car, you do not need to worry about parking, as these are easy to find. However, you should attach the disabled badge clearly visible, because wrong parking could be severely punished.

Once in the city you are ok for getting around on the streets by wheelchair. Practically every street has a ramp suitable for wheel chairs to navigate. See the following page for an informative article submitted by one site visitor who visited Barcelona by wheelchair.You can obtain a special map of all walkways in Barcelona city centre that are fitted with ramps. This map is available from the following organisation:

Institut Municipal de Disminuits Fisics Avenue Diagonal, 233, 1 er, Barcelona, España.

Tel: +34 93 413 2775

Operating hours: Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 14:30

We continue improving accessibility and eliminating architectural and communication barriers in the city. This means that the city not only provides everyone with a better quality of life, it also makes the city a more attractive place for visitors with reduced mobility and their families. Making the city's infrastructures accessible for this people, is a challenge that has become one of Barcelona's priorities.


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